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Former Member Details

The Hon. Robert Clyde PACKER (1935 - 2001)

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Date of Birth: 22/07/1935
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 08/04/2001
Place of Death: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Apr 1964 22 Apr 1976 12 years A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 21 November 1963. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Political Party Activity
Liberal Party. Member since 1954. Vice President of Paddington-Waverley branch, member of Bligh state electorate conference, state councillor.
Community Activity
Honorary Treasurer of the Children's Surgical Research Fund. New South Wales Society for Crippled Children. New South Wales Committee Council for Civil Liberties.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Newspaper and television executive. Journalist. Educated at Geelong Church of England Grammar and Canberra University College; joined father's newspaper business and Australian Consolidated Press, assistant general manager in 1961, general manager 1965 - 1972; chairman and managing director of Television Corporation Limited (TCN9) 1970 - 1972; director of Consolidated Press Holdings Limited 1956 - 1976, Newcastle Broadcasting and Television Corporation Limited; member of Australia Committee and International Press Institute; member of Australian Association for for Cultural Freedom from 1965; committee member of Council for Civil Liberties 1975 - 1976; life governor of Sydney Hospital; governor of New South Wales Society for Crippled Children; honorary treasurer Children's Surgical Research Fund; moved to Los Angeles in 1976; publisher of Forum and New Times. Recreational interests include sailing and golf.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Douglas Frank Hewson (Sir Frank) Packer, newspaper proprieter, and Gretel Joyce Bullmore. Married (1) Angela Mary Money on 25 May 1961 and had issue, 1 son. Married (2) Kate Clifford on 7 July 1977.
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